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October 10, 2012
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  • Miss. mental health center converts 17 vans to propane autogas
    Mississippi-based Community Counseling Services recently converted 17 Ford E-350 vans to propane autogas, with plans to convert 12 more vehicles by this year's end. Alliance AutoGas helped CCS with the conversion through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. "I really couldn't be happier with our fleet's transition to propane autogas," said Lin Newell, CCS facilities and maintenance supervisor. (10/9), NGT News (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Lehr sees market opportunity for propane in marine industry
    Bernardo Herzer, founder and CEO of Lehr, sees market potential for his company's propane-powered outboard engines. "My vision is to take our products and the larger engines we have coming so that all the lakes, rivers and inland waterways and marinas for the ocean inlets are able to sell propane into what is a very large marine industry," Herzer said. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. transportation provider deploys autogas-fueled vans
    Colorado Mountain Express has rolled out Ford E-350 vans that are fitted with Roush CleanTech propane autogas systems. The company, which provides ground transportation for Colorado residents and tourists, worked with Ferrellgas to find public autogas fueling stations for its fleet. "The fact that propane autogas has such a strong refueling network already in place was appealing to us when we weighed this alternative option against other clean fuels," said CME's vice president and general manager, Robert Tschupp. NGT News (10/10), (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas city receives grant to convert 11 vehicles to propane autogas
    The city of Temple, Texas, has received a grant from Texas State Technical College, CleanFuel USA and Public Solutions Group to convert 11 vehicles to propane autogas. The grant, which would cover about $99,500 of the total conversion cost, was awarded through the Clean Start Propane Refueling, Vehicle Incentive and Outreach Program. KWTX-TV (Waco, Texas) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Kan. firm unveils propane-fueled blueberry bush-burning equipment
    La Crosse, Kan.-based Flame Engineering introduced a propane-fueled burner for blueberry bush-burning to replace oil-powered burners. The company demonstrated the equipment last week at the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station in Jonesboro, Maine. "There's interest in this because of the high cost of pesticides and burning is a good cultural practice," said David Yarborough, blueberry specialist for the University of Maine Extension Service. The Ellsworth American (Ellsworth, Maine) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: NGLs offer potential for Ohio specialty chemicals, polymers
    Natural gas liquids from Ohio's Utica Shale could boost the state's specialty chemicals and polymer industries, writes Dave Karpinski, a director at NorTech Energy Enterprise. "In fact, the energy and chemical industries are anchor industries in Ohio, so any developments that benefit both of them should receive strong support statewide," Karpinski writes. Dennis Barber of the Ohio Polymer Strategy Council said specialty chemicals and polymers "already have a strong foundation in the state, but these local, lower-cost feed stocks and reduced energy costs are potentially game-changing for our industry and its supply chain." Crain's Cleveland Business/Advanced Energy blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Industry, feds seek ways to produce energy safely
    Government and industry officials are seeking safer energy production techniques as companies continue to develop a mix of fossil fuels and renewable energy. "I'm convinced you can build safe deep-water wells, but you have to do it in a measured way and make sure you're not throwing the environment under the bus. We can do all these things for the economy and national security and do it in an environmentally responsible way," said Jay Hakes, a member of President Barack Obama's oil spill commission. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • How to avoid analysis paralysis
    Bosses shouldn't hem and haw over big decisions, Mike Figliuolo writes. There's almost always a tangible cost to deferring action, and hesitating and second-guessing won't absolve you of responsibility when things go wrong, Figliuolo warns. "The worst action you can take on the battlefield is to take no action at all," he writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Guard Against Carbon Monoxide with PERC's Safety Material
    Cold weather means customers spend more time inside, possibly putting them at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning which can be caused by blocked venting, defective appliances, and internal combustion engines. Learn about preventing this fatal threat with the Carbon Monoxide Safety module and brochure from the Propane Education & Research Council. They are available in English and Spanish, and the module can be copied and e-mailed to customers. Visit consumer safety brochures and modules to access PERC's material. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar Covers New Propane-Fueled Bobtail Truck
    The new propane-powered bobtail truck will be the topic of October's Third Thursday webinar from the Propane Education & Research Council. The Propane Delivering Propane webinar on October 18 begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time, and features Freightliner's Bryan Henke discussing the firm's medium-duty S2 commercial truck for the propane bobtail market. The truck features an 8.0-liter, 325 horsepower, propane-autogas-fueled engine supplied by Powertrain Integration and a fuel system from CleanFuel USA. Register for the webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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